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By 2015, Copenhagen Commuters May Bike 50% of the Time

danes on bikesCopenhagen has set a goal to have half its daily commuters use bicycles to get around by 2015, according to a press release.

The effort is expected to help play a role in the city reducing its emissions by 80,000. The city already has 350 kilometers of bike trails and another 70 are under development, including biking lanes on roads.

American cities such as Portland, Ore., are trying to learn from Copenhagen’s example.

Copenhagen’s “bike culture ambassador” is speaking alongside Portland Mayor Sam Adams Oct. 29 at a forum about marketing bikes to the masses, according to bikeportland.org.

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2 thoughts on “By 2015, Copenhagen Commuters May Bike 50% of the Time

  1. An interesting twist as the “developed” world slowly shifts to bicycles while the “developing” world drops them to pursue automobiles.

    Many of our health, welfare, quality of life, social, and environmental issues could be addressed by a greater adoption of bicycle commuting. Certainly this modest amount of daily exercise would be a great step in reducing obesity in the US.

    Perhaps if the US delegation to Copenhagen returns with nothing more than a clear agenda to promote, encourage, and adopt a greater use of bicycle commuting in the US we can call that a success.

  2. This is a real good initiative by the Danish authorities. But I feel the biggest threat to this is the weather, which is not the best at all times. You know how cold it can get in the countries in he northern pole right? I don’t think people would sustain the weather and are forced to use other options. If I remember it right, the Bristol council in England also took similar initiative (and I think Bristol is known as the cycling city of England) but I dont think it was effective to that an extent. Well, ofcourse Britain does not have the best of weather either. But I think more countries that have better options in terms of weather should consider options like this. Thanks for sharing.

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